14th December, 2021

Headteacher’s End of Term Letter – December 2021

Dear Parent/ Carer

End of Term Letter

As the end of term approaches, on behalf of all the staff at Trinity, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support. Whilst we have been able to re-introduce many of the aspects of school life such as extra-curricular activities and practical work, recent announcements remind us of the challenges that we still face.

Prize Giving

It was with a heavy heart that this year’s Prize Giving event was cancelled due to the emergence of the Omicron variant and the related risks of getting everyone together.

Even though it will not be possible to re-schedule the event, we still want to celebrate the achievements of our students. To this end, on Tuesday 14 December, I will be visiting classes to hand out prizes and awards to the students that we have in school. Prize winners will be presented with their certificate and a copy of the planned event programme. If the award was a trophy prize, these will also be presented. Photographs will be taken as a record of the occasion.

There will be an opportunity for those students that have now left Trinity to come into school to receive their prize/ award. The details of this will be communicated at the earliest opportunity.

Last Day Arrangements

On the last day, in line with previous years, we will be having an early lunch break followed by our whole school Advent Liturgy, after which the students will be dismissed at 1pm. The A1, A2 and 650 buses will be available but for all other routes students will have to make their own way home using public services.

Parents in School

It is not possible to turn up to school and request to meet with a specific teacher. If you have a concern as a parent, please work through the usual lines of communication by going through the school office by letter, phone or email. This is particularly important as our current COVID restrictions limit the access to school for visitors.

AIM Group Training Opportunities

A wide range of fully funded training opportunities for parents and members of our wider school community have recently been made available to you via the AIM group.  More details including the subject and level of these qualifications can be found by following the link below:

https://theaimgroup.co.uk/

Proposed removal of the A1 School Bus Service

I regret to inform you that Nottingham City Council have proposed the removal of the A1 school bus service. This bus service is a well-used and popular route used by many students which enables their safe and smooth journey to school. I would urge you to comment on this proposal via this email address if you are affected by the removal of this service: pt.operations@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Further information regarding Nottingham City Council’s proposed transport changes can be found here:

https://www.transportnottingham.com/proposed-changes-to-linkbus-services-and-scholars-passes/

Careers Provision in School

We are now working with an organisation called Progress Careers who are delivering personalised impartial careers guidance to students in key transitional years. Their careers team place great value on supporting students with their next steps and recognise that careers guidance plays a huge role in supporting young people to understand their options, recognise their strengths and become more self-aware.  Students will be informed of the days that their Careers Adviser will be in school and how to request an appointment.

First Day Back

We return to school on Tuesday 4th January for all year groups. The DfE have also requested that we carry out COVID lateral flow tests on all consenting students on their return to school. We will carry out the testing on this first day and carry forward all previous COVID test consents. If you have not already consented to your child being tested in school please do so via the forms below:

Students in Y7 – Y11: https://forms.gle/hx8guCdS4Hj4mBby5

Students in Y12 and Y13:  https://forms.gle/kgURzKLh6JAv9PTt8 (Students consent themselves)

Music and Performing Arts at Trinity

It continues to be a particularly challenging time for Music and the Performing Arts both nationally and at Trinity. Our commitment to these areas is part of our special and unique offer which make it even harder when they are so negatively impacted by the restrictions. I wanted to assure you all that we are still committed to these areas and are looking into opportunities to celebrate and showcase our talented students in 2022.

Departing Staff

This Christmas we will be saying farewell to two wonderful members of support staff, Jill Pinnington our Exams Officer and Joyce Malik who oversees our in-school data systems. They have both given the school superb service over many years and we wish them all the very best for their futures.

Finally, please enjoy a safe and happy Christmas.

Yours faithfully

Matt Shenton
Headteacher